In our industry today, OSI Industries is one of the biggest and leading multinational food providers all over the world with more than 20,000 employees at its 65 facilities in over 17 countries. It has risen from humble beginnings to major corporate business and the company continuously rises and grows in our global and modern economy. The history of the company started with Otto Kolschowsky who was a member of the well-known German-immigrant community in Chicago, Illinois during the turn of the 20th century. The flourishing city was both an entry point for new immigrants who were on their way west to establish farms on the plains. OSI Industries have been part of our lives ever since.
A century ago, back in 190 on the west side of Chicago in Oak Par, Kolschowsky opened a small retail butcher shop and meat market to serve his business community only two years after arriving in the United States. He was able to set up a good business and by the end of the First World War, he had expanded into the wholesale side of the business within a decade. This expansion also included moving his operations to Maywood. One decade later, it was rebranded as Otto & Sons in 1928 and has been a steady and successful local business as the years go by. It has become part of the American community and continued to evolve with it.
One of the success stories of the OSI Industries began during the beginning of the economic expansion after the world war, modern suburbs started to grow across the United States of America and the had an increase in demand right after the end of the war. Because of this, a business alliance was formed by two small and vague family businesses. The first McDonald restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois back in 1955. Ray Kroc opened it along with a couple named Richard and Maurice McDonald who founded the family restaurant back in 1940. However, before Kroc opened the branch, he had an agreement with Arthur and Harry Kolschowsky, the sons of Otto Kolschowsky. An agreement wherein they will be the supplier of fresh ground beef. Otto & Sons eventually became OSI Industries. Click here.
OSI Food Solutions has a history of providing quality food products and solutions. The company started as a single meat market in a suburb of Chicago Illinois in 1909, and expansion started eight years later. When the first McDonald’s opened in 1955, Otto & Sons – the name of the company which would become OSI – was the supplier of fresh beef patties. As McDonald’s grew, so did the meat supplier. OSI Food Solutions now has more than 65 facilities and 20,000 employees in 17 different countries. OSI Food Solutions is more than just a food supplier. The company follows the same path they did early on with McDonald’s – they partner with leading restaurant and food retail brands to supply a custom food solution.
OSI controls the entire supply chain to ensure that partners are supplied with what they need, when they need it, and maintain consistent quality and safety. In addition to a variety of beef, pork, and poultry processing, OSI also provides solutions for seafood, pizza, baked goods, produce and more. In recent years, OSI Food Solutions have been aggressive with its expansion plans. In 2004 and 2006 the company acquired two poultry processing companies. In 2009, OSI established a poultry company in China. In 2016, OSI acquired a 200,000 square foot food processing plant near Chicago which was formerly operated by Tyson Foods. Later in 2016, the company acquired Flagship Europe – a UK based food services company.
In 2018, the company was ranked number 63 on the Forbes list of America’s largest private companies. The company has received many awards in the past few years for safety and for the quality of its products. OSI Food Solutions won twelve medals at the 2018 World Steak Challenge. OSI Germany took home a gold medal for its Grain Fed Dry Aged Angus Ribeye. OSI Poland and OSI United Kingdom also won gold medals in different ribeye categories. The company also won silver and bronze medals in a number of sirloin and fillet categories. Safety awards include the “Globe of Honour” which was awarded by the British Safety Council in 2016. In 2018, the British Safety Council presented OSI with an award of merit at the International Safety Awards. Click here.
Stream Energy was recently featured on Patch.com due to their continuous philanthropic efforts in Texas. Stream Energy is an energy, wireless, protective, and home services provider headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Rob Snyder and Pierre Koshajki founded Stream Energy in August 2004 which is now run by CEO Larry Mondry. The company provides services in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois and Washington D.C.
Although Stream Energy has long been involved in philanthropy, they recently launched their own charity foundation, “Stream Cares.” According to Patch.com, Stream Energy has built long-term relationships with Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross which have helped them establish themselves as the philanthropic corporation that they are today. Stream has partnered with Hope Supply Co. to cover entrance and meal costs for 1000 North Texas homeless children at their annual Splash for Hope event. Stream has be working with Hope Supply Co. for over four years and routinely track the homelessness rate in Dallas. Stream also partnered directly with the Salvation Army after several tornadoes hit Texas in 2016. They helped raise thousands of dollars for the victims by matching their funds and doubling donations brought in by associates.
Patch.com also notes that Stream has partnered with Operation Once in a Lifetime which helps provide moral and financial support to veterans and their families in the Dallas area. With Operation Once in a Lifetime, Stream provided transportation to veterans and their families to attend a lunch. The next day, they helped co-host the American Girl Doll Experience for 10 daughters of military members. Stream was also able to use their funds to help their customers when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017.
By launching Stream Cares, Patch.com states that Stream Energy is simply just formalizing “its ongoing philanthropy throughout Texas and all over the country, something the company has engaged in for more than a dozen years.”